Tartu Student Village is a non-profit organisation. Its founders are the University of Tartu and the Student Council. The main function of the Student Village is housing students, guests and the staff members of the University.
Student Village owns eight fully functional dormitories. The dormitories are located in various places around the town and international students are accommodated in all of them. For more information, please see the website of Student Village.
The dormitories consist of twin rooms with a shared bathroom and kitchen (usually 2-3 rooms share a bathroom and kitchen, in some dormitories bathroom and kitchen are shared with the entire floor). A place in a twin room costs up to 130 EUR per month (depends on the dormitory), the whole room costs double. Students should bring (or rather buy in Tartu) their own linen, blanket, pillows and cookware.
To have a place or a room in the dormitory:
1. Please inform Student Village of your intent to stay in the student dormitory by submitting an accommodation application as described in the information materials sent to you along with your admission letter, by the deadlines mentioned:
for autumn semester: July 28;
for spring semester: December 20.
2. On arrival to the dormitory, you have to pay a refundable deposit 40-80 EUR per place (40 EUR in older dormitories and 80 EUR in renovated dormitories), otherwise you won’t get a key to your room;
3. Within 3 days after arriving, you have to go to the management office of the Student Village (Narva Str. 25, phone +372 740 9955) to sign a contract.
4. If you haven’t signed the contract by September 14 (autumn semester) or February 14 (spring semester), you will lose your place/room in the dormitory.
How to find an apartment
If the life in the dormitory seems not to be of your style, you could rent an apartment. The prices range from approximately 160 EUR in the farther parts of the town to 450 EUR or more in the centre (1-2 rooms). The rents are the highest in the fall – late August, early September.
Information on rental apartments is available from real estate agencies and portals.